In a previous post, we shared tips from the Food and Drug Administration, regarding how to keep food safe when the power goes out during a hurricane. We now share a few more. When the power goes back on, remember to do the following things:
â€¢ Check the temperature of the freezer with an appliance thermometer, especially if power has been out for several days. A thermometer reading of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below indicates that the food in the freezer is safe to re-freeze.
â€¢ If there is no thermometer, examine each package of food to determine safety. If the food in the package still contains ice crystals, then the food is still safe. Remember NOT to taste the food to determine safety.
If the food got wet, take note of the following things:
â€¢ DO NOT eat food that got wet. Flood water may contain sewer overflow or feces from the ground, which may carry dangerous diseases. This includes foods packed in plastic, paper, cardboard, cloth, and similar containers, as well as food and beverage stored in screw-caps, snap lids, crimped caps, twist caps, flip tops, and home-canned foods.
â€¢ Metal pans, ceramic dishes, and utensils that came in contact with flood water should be washed thoroughly in hot, soapy water, and sanitized by boiling in clean water or immersing them in 15 minutes in a solution that consists of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach for each gallon of drinking water.
â€¢ Get rid of wooden cutting boards, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples, and pacifiers.
â€¢ Wash and sanitize commercially-prepared foods stored in undamaged all-metal cans, shelf-stable juice, or seafood pouches. Labels that may harbor bacteria should be removed.